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Friday, March 01, 2013

Hamas stole machine to print Egyptian IDs: Report

Youm7 reports that in the months after Egypt's revolution, a machine designed to print Egyptian ID cards was stolen from the Sinai and smuggled into Gaza, where fake Egyptian IDs are being printed to allow Gazans to move about Egypt without restrictions.

According to security sources, Egyptian authorities tried to get Hamas to cooperate in finding the machine in Gaza, but were rebuffed.

As a result, the report says, Egyptian security has been working hard to find all Palestinian Arabs in the Sinai and have set up numerous checkpoints to nab anyone using the false IDs.

Meanwhile, in another example of friction between Egypt and Hamas, several of the people involved in attacking and killing 16 Egyptian soldiers last year were positively identified as being from Gaza, both from autopsies and from what they had with them. The investigators say that a large number of Gazans were involved in the operation, together with radical jihadists in the Sinai.

Hamas denies both claims. Spokesman Abu Zuhri said that they had not the slightest basis in fact, and that the Egyptian people love the Gazans.